FAA’s B4UFLY App Will Help UAS Pilots Operate
Safely and Legally In
WASHINGTON – The U.S.
Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) today demonstrated a new smartphone application called
“B4UFLY,” designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft
(UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current
or planned location.
“We want to make sure hobbyists and
modelers know where it is and isn’t okay to fly,” said FAA
Administrator Michael Huerta. “While there are other apps that
provide model aircraft enthusiast with various types of data, we
believe B4UFLY has the most user-friendly interface and the most
B4UFLY is a simple, easy-to-use app
that users can access before they operate their aircraft to
determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in
effect at the location where they want to fly. The FAA announced
the app at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta, Ga.,
and plans to release the app to approximately 1,000 beta testers
later this summer.
Key features of the B4UFLY app
A clear “status” indicator that immediately informs
operators about their current or planned location.
Information on the parameters that drive the status
A “Planner Mode” for future flights in different locations.
Informative, interactive maps with filtering options.
Contact information for nearby airports.
Links to other FAA UAS resources and regulatory information.
Screenshots of the app are available at
The beta test is expected to run for
several months, after which the FAA plans to make B4UFLY
available for the general public. The initial release is planned
for iOS devices only, with an Android version to follow.
B4UFLY complements the
Know Before You Fly
educational campaign, which provides prospective UAS operators
with information and guidance they need to fly safely and
responsibly. The FAA is a partner in the effort with the
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI),
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the Small UAV
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